STATEMENT: Lt. Governor Newsom on California College Promise grants in state budget


SACRAMENTO - California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom issues the following statement on the $15 million budget agreement to establish California College Promise Programs at community colleges throughout the state, building on the successes of the established Long Beach and San Francisco Promise Programs.

"Educating over two-million students, California's Community Colleges are integral to the health of our economy and fulfilling the promise of our state. Yet California faces a major skills gap at a time when the jobs of today and tomorrow require postsecondary education, and the state is projected to produce 1.1 million fewer college graduates than our economy demands in 2030."

"These colleges are a critical point of access to higher education, and one of our most effective tools for upward mobility. I extend my congratulations to Assemblymembers Rodriguez, O'Donnell and Medina for leading the charge to secure this critical funding. The Promise Programs that will spring up across California because of these grants will expand opportunity for our young people, putting more students on the path to college and good-paying jobs."

Lieutenant Governor Newsom also supports the California Promise legislative package, which includes AB 1583 (Santiago), AB 1721 (Medina) and AB 1741 (Rodriguez). The three bills recently passed the State Assembly and will next be heard in the Senate Education Committee.

In 2008, Mayor Newsom launched the San Francisco Promise in partnership with San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Since the program began, the number of freshmen enrolled at SF State from SFUSD high schools has grown by 52 percent. The program currently exists as the Robert and Joyce Corrigan SF Promise Endowed Scholarship.

In October 2010, Mayor Newsom launched Kindergarten to College (K2C), the nation's first universal children's savings account program, designed to put all children on the path to college. The city would open a savings account with an initial seed deposit for every kindergartner entering public school. K2C became available to all children entering kindergarten in the SFUSD in the 2012-2013 school year.